At its 36th annual Youthpower dinner last Friday (March 4), the Seneca Waterways Council honored Eagle Scout Cody Jordan, Troop 111, Sodus, for saving his father’s life.
On behalf of the National Council, BSA, Seneca Waterways Scout Executive Stephen Hoitt presented the Honor Medal for “demonstrating unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self.”
On February 20, 2010, Cody, his father James and friend Brad Cuvelier were ice fishing on Sodus Bay. While changing locations, James Jordan fell through thin ice. Cody pulled his father back on to thick ice and, with Cuvelier’s assistance, helped him to shore. They got him into his truck, removed his outer clothing and quickly drove him home.
At the fund raising dinner, held at Club 86 in Geneva, the council also honored William Castiglione, executive director of Ontario County ARC; New York State Assembly Member Robert Oaks; and Ronald Golumbeck, vice president of ITT Goulds Pumps, with distinguished citizen awards.
The 209 dinner attendees contributed nearly $40,000 to the council. The funds will be used to finance the council’s many programs. More than 16,000 youth members in Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Yates and Monroe Counties are served by the Seneca Waterways Council, which has offices in Geneva and Rochester. The council owns three camps in the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks. Camp Babcock-Hovey is located on Seneca Lakes near Ovid. The J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation is in the Bristol Hills north of Naples, and Massawepie Scout Camps are in the Adirondack Mountains near Tupper Lake.